Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Spinach & Potato Pulav / Aloo Palak Pulav

The combination of spinach and aloo is great. It is health, spicy, tasty and simple to prepare too.

Recipe Source: My friend Archana

Serves: As a main course for 2 people.


Basmati Rice --- 1 Cup
Water --- 2 cups
Spinach / Palak leaves --- a handful or (when chopped 1 ½ cup tightly)

Potato / Aloo --- 2 medium size
Onion --- ½ of the big one
Ghee --- 2 Tblsn
Cloves --- 4
Cardamom Pods --- 2
Cinnamon Stick --- 1 small
Bay leaf --- 2-3
Star Anise --- 1 (Optional)
Cumin Seeds --- ½ tsp
Ginger-Garlic Paste --- 1 tsp
Turmeric Powder --- a pinch
Salt --- to taste
Red Chilly Powder --- ¾ tsp
Garam Masala --- ½ tsp


Clean and soak a cup of basmati rice.

Take a handful of spinach leaves. Clean and chop them. When chopped it should come 1 ½ cup tightly. Keep it aside.

Slice half of a big onion. Keep it aside.

Peel and chop potatoes into cubes and keep them in water. So tht potatoes won’t discolour.

Heat 2 Tblsn of ghee or oil in a pan or in a pressure cooker.

Add 4 cloves, 2 pods of cardamom, 1 small cinnamon stick, 2-3 bay leaves, a star anise which is optional, ½ tsp of cumin seeds. Fry till cloves splutter or for a minute.

Add sliced onion and a tsp of ginger-garlic paste. Sauté till the onions turn to translucent.

Add chopped spinach. Fry till limp.

Add cubed potatoes. Fry for 2 minutes.

Add cleaned & soaked basmati rice, a pinch of turmeric powder, enough salt, ¾ tsp of red chilly powder, ½ tsp of garam masala. Fry for 5 minutes.

Add 2 cups of water and adjust salt at this stage itself and cook till done in the rice cooker or keep it for 2 whistles in the pressure cooker as Archana said.

Mix well and serve hot with curds or raita.


  1. Hi Sailu,

    I am a big fan of your recipes. I learned 100% cooking from your blog. Thank you. This is a reall very nice recipe. Actually, My husband likes green dishes very much. Thank you So much for sahring this recipe. I will try today itself. By the way, I am also from Vijayawada only.

    Uma Kalyani

  2. Hi Uma Kalyani,

    Happy to hear tht u r from Vijayawada. I like tht place very much. I donno, why?

    Thank You for trying my recipes, Uma.

  3. Hey, Sailaja.. Thanx for try out my recipe Palak rice... Dey look yum !! I make it atleast once week,Pritish loves it :) !!

  4. Hi Archana,

    I am thinking to make this dish since when you have posted this. But finally did it. Even I am thinking that I should make this quite often.

    Still 'Peanut Kebab' is in my list to try from ur blog Archana.

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  8. Hi Sandeep,

    Thank you so much.

    I donno how come I have removed your comment. Here I am copying it.

    sandeep has left a new comment on your post "Spinach & Potato Pulav / Aloo Palak Pulav":

    Hello ,
    My name is Sandeep and I came to USA just 3 months back. I became a big fan of your recipe. Your pictures give more clarity to all your recipes.

    Thank you .....

    Hope I can ask you any questions if I have any

  9. Hi Sailaja...

    I just stumbled across your blog was searching for beans kora... I think I will try ur palak pulav coz I get spinach from Safeway and forget. So this recipe would be great help. After I try it I will post my version and ur reference in my food blog

    Meru chala manchi recipes try chestunaru. Keep up the good work.


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